Families that visit us regularly at the reserve will be familiar with our usual activities on offer for children- we usually hire out activity backpacks, spotter sheets, bug hunting and pond dipping kits, as well as having a table of indoor crafts for rainy days. However, with the hygiene restrictions due to COVID-19 we sadly can't do this at the moment. So, we have come up with a range of activities children can do around our trails in the months to come. Although we can't hand out printed sheets and stationery, this blog has a few different activities you can download at home to take around with you, and we hope you find it useful! 

First up, is our custom-made summer bingo for children to tick off what they see on their visit here, full of birds, insects and plants that can be seen on the reserve at the moment. Some are easy, and some more tricky, but can you get them all? The sheet is attached to the bottom of this blog for you to download.

The Wild Challenge section of the RSPB website is a brilliant scheme for children to get involved with too: https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-families/family-wild-challenge/

These activities are great to do in any wild space, whether it is here at the reserve, in your own back garden or local green space. You can complete challenges in a similar way to how scouts and girlguides complete their badges, and there's a certificate you can print and keep for completing each one. They are a lovely way for either children who are new to nature to find a route into it, or for children who already love being  outdoors to get some new inspiration.

Young RSPB members are invited to join our Wildlife Explorers Club when their families sign up to RSPB membership, and in normal times the Club meets weekly for activities on a weekend day here on the reserve. Past activities have included building a bug hotel, recycling unwanted pipes into planters and filling with wildflowers, building bird boxes and evening bat walks with bat detectors. At some point in the future, we will be able to offer these monthly meets once more and when we do, we would love to welcome new children to the fun!

If you have a young family and enjoy wildlife together, I hope this blog has been useful in providing you with a bit of inspiration if you need it!

Best wishes,

- Heidi (Visitor Experience Officer, RSPB Lakenheath Fen).

Summer Bingo sheet.pdf